Fewer women coach sports teams today than 40 years ago, and only 3 per cent of all-male teams in America are coached by women.
Natalie Randolph was named the third woman in U.S. history to become the head coach of a high school American football team. By day, Randolph was a science teacher but at 3 o’clock, she took responsibility of the school’s football team. The team was made to do two hours of academic work in a classroom before training. If they didn’t come to class, they weren’t allowed to train.
Randolph was celebrated for her commitment to academics and football. The players would graduate from their studies, and through repetitive drill training exercises, would become bigger and stronger than other teams.
Another coach to a mostly male team is chess grandmaster, Susan Polgar, of Webster University. She is the only woman to coach collegiate chess. Playing since the age of 4, Polgar has won championship titles and Olympic medals, and was the first ever female grandmaster.
Gender stereotypes have been blamed for the small number of women applying for leadership positions in sport, but there is hope this will change.
“Just because it has never been done before, doesn’t mean it’s impossible,” said Polgar.